In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Sama Sama Cooperative presents “SAYAWAN, a Dance-a-thon & Fest.” Designed to raise funds and awareness of this unique parent-led language and cultural enrichment summer day camp, the event features Berkeley-based Beatsnrice, DJ Doradology , and local dance instructors.
“SAYAWAN” will be held Sunday, May 31st from 2 to 6 p.m. at Buena Vista United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda. While admission to the event will be free of charge, any donations collected will go toward Sama Sama Cooperative’s programming.
Attendees are invited to enjoy festivities including dance instruction, Filipino cuisine, and a local business centric raffle line-up. Most significantly, participants are encouraged to connect with the cultural and language assets of the Bay Area Filipino American community, which remains widely untapped in public school curriculum and enrichment programs.
The first of its kind in the East Bay, Sama Sama Cooperative’s summer program pulls from the rich grassroots tradition of the broader San Francisco Bay Area Filipino American community to create an immersive language learning experience for campers ages 5-11.
In line with the popular cooperative model, in which members contribute time and resources to an organization’s operations, Sama Sama thrives to center its work around the spirit of “Bayanihan”- the Filipino cultural value of working as a community to achieve shared success. Scheduled July 6 through 31, this summer’s camp theme is “Cultural Connections to Food & Land” and reflects a recent expansion to a 4 week program.